Beer Making Steps
If you are a beer lover, chances are you have considered attempting to brew your own beer in the comfort of your own home. If so, you might want to take the time to check out Beer Brewing Made Easy to get you started. In the meantime, you can read on to learn the steps of the beer brewing process.
Before you get started, one thing you must realize is that many times, when people start to think about homebrewing, they are intimidated by the equipment that is needed as well as the cost of the malts and hops. However, while it may seem daunting at first, the following instructions will explain the basics, as well as exactly what you will need to brew your very first batch of beer.
Equipment & Ingredients to Gather
You will need to start with clean, filtered water. You will also need some bleach for the sterilization process. Then, you will need to gather your malt extract, hops, sugar, and yeast. You’ll need to make sure you have a large brew pot- a large stock pot will do. A large spoon will be needed for stirring- wooden or metal is best. Get some beer bottles and caps- you’ll need something to store your beer in once you have finished the process.
You’re going to need ice cubes to fill your kitchen sink. Then, you’ll need to make sure you have a fermenter, beer capper, funnel, mesh colander, plastic tubing, airlock with stopper, and a thermometer- digital or traditional, whichever you prefer.
Steps to Beer Making
Do Your Research
Before you start the brewing process, you need to do a little bit of research and figure out exactly what type of beer you want to make. You can take a look at Beer Brewing Made Easy to learn more about the types of beer. Then, you can choose your recipe. You can find these recipes online or in beer recipe books at the bookstore or brew supply store.
Make Your List
Be sure to take this with you when you head out to buy your supplies. It can be quite frustrating to end up having to go back to the store to pick up something you forgot to grab- especially if it’s a long distance away.
Take Time to Sanitize
You must take the time to clean/sanitize anything that is going to be touching the beer, as any bacteria can cause the beer to become spoiled during fermentation. You can do this by placing all equipment in your dishwasher on the “sanitize” setting or by manually sanitizing with a bleach/water mixture.
Prepare Your Recipe
While each recipe is different, they all have the same basic process. You can use bottled water or tap water that has been filtered. Water is always the primary ingredient in beer- and if you start with low-quality water, you could end up with low-quality beer.
While the water is boiling, you will 2 gallons of water to your fermenter. Then, remove the boiling water from the heat and add the malt extract. Return this mixture to a boil until it stops foaming. Make sure to watch it carefully- if it boils over, it can be difficult to clean up.
Add the hops to the boiling water- this mixture will now be referred to as wort. This is what will end up becoming your beer. Keep boiling and stirring for about 30 minutes. Then, remove this pot from the stove and place it in the sink, where the ice will bring the temperature down quickly. Once it’s below 80 degrees, you can remove it from the ice.
Using your funnel/strainer, pour the wort into the fermenter. Then, check the temp again. Once it’s between 70-80 degrees, you can add the yeast, stirring gently to allow oxygen to interact with it.
Seal the fermenter and store in a dark, cool room. Let it sit for at least a week or two. Now, it’s time to prime the beer by combining a little bit of sugar and water over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Add it to the fermenter, which will help with producing carbonation.
Bottle Your Beer
Once your beer has fermented, it’s time to bottle it by siphoning it into the bottles and capping the bottles with a capper. Allow it to condition for approximately a week. You will know it’s ready when it fizzes upon opening. You should store them at room temperature and only move them to a fridge once they have become carbonated.
Then, you are finally ready to enjoy your beer! Don’t forget to check out Beer Brewing Made Easy for more information.